This year, PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones and Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera presented PRRI’s research which explores how immigrants are impacting American religion and society at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference. The presentation, titled “Threats and Values: Factors Influencing Support for a Path to Citizenship” explains the roles of religion and values in shaping public opinion about immigrants and immigration reform.
Book Chapter | Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy[06.14.2013]
From the publisher: “Do the religious affiliations of elected officials shape the way they vote on such key issues as abortion, homosexuality, defense spending, taxes, and welfare spending? In Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy, William D’Antonio, Steven A. Tuch and Josiah R. Baker trace the influence of religion and party in the U.S. Congress over time. For almost four decades these key issues have… more
Research Director Daniel Cox presented PRRI’s innovative analysis on white working-class Americans at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference.
On July 14, Dr. Robert P. Jones gave a presentation on Americans’ positions on the increasingly fraught issue of religious liberty: New Battle Lines Over Religious Liberty from Public Religion Research Institute
At this year’s AAPOR conference, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox presented a paper evaluating American attitudes toward religious minorities in 2012. Observing that Americans’ perspectives on Mormons, Muslims, and their faith have been a prominent feature of the political debate over the past year, Mr. Cox explored questions about whether white evangelical Protestants, a crucial part of the Republican constituency, will support a candidate whose religion they view as being… more
Throughout American history, presidents have been shaped and influenced by their religious faith. Yet this remains an element that many presidential histories treat peripherally or ignore altogether. In Religion and the American Presidency (The Evolving American Presidency), which features essays on George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and others, scholars explore this largely unappreciated factor in presidents’ lives and actions. This updated version features a new chapter… more
Synopsis Two defining elements of American political life are race and religion. These do not work in isolation but, rather, are constantly in conversation with one another. Indeed, in U.S. history each category has effectively been employed to make meaning of the other, often recreating American politics in the process. Through the intersection of race and religion Americans define political and personal identities, cultural affiliations, and political and religious institutions—all… more
Synopsis In response to a variety of critical intellectual currents (post-colonial, post-modern, and post-liberal) scholars in Christian theology and ethics are increasingly taking up the tools of ethnography as a means to ask fundamental moral questions and to make more compelling and credible moral claims. Privileging particularity, rather than the more traditional effort to achieve universal or at least generalizable norms in making claims regarding the Christian life, echoes the… more
Presentation | Faith in the President?: How Public Perception of Barack Obama’s Faith Shape Views of Him and his Presidency[05.20.2011]
At the 2011 AAPOR conference, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox and Rob Suls from the Pew Research Center presented a paper evaluating how perceptions of Obama’s faith influence political judgments of him and his presidency. According to surveys conducted by both PRRI and the Pew Research Center, there is a positive correlation between views about the President’s faith and his job performance or personal favorability. In August 2010 Pew found… more
Synopsis The recent agitation of lesbians, gays, and other sexual minorities for political recognition has provoked a heated response among religious activists, many of whom fear that moral decay is a necessary accompaniment to the public recognition of sexual diversity. In this remarkable comparative study, expert authors explore the tenacity of anti-gay sentiment, as well as the dramatic shifts in public attitudes towards gay and lesbian groups across all faith… more